Trillions of tiny microorganisms live in the intestines, and these form what we call the gut flora. This contains countless good bacteria. Antibiotics kill bacteria. So-called broad-spectrum antibiotics are often prescribed. Rather than targeting specific bacteria, these destroy good gut bacteria as well as bad bacteria. This can lead to the proliferation of pathogenic bacteria, such as Clostridium, in the gut. These bacteria cause severe diarrhoea after taking antibiotics. Diarrhoea while or after taking a course of antibiotics is known as antibiotic-associated diarrhoea (AAD).
Clostridia, which are found in the gut flora, can cause diarrhoea when taking antibiotics. Depending on how quickly these bacteria multiply, antibiotic-associated diarrhoea can occur within just one to two days. In the worst cases, diarrhoea can last for up to two weeks after taking antibiotics. The gut flora can normally recover from Clostridium and return to a healthy balance. This can, however, take up to a year.
The more frequently antibiotics and especially broad-spectrum antibiotics are taken, the greater the damage to the delicately balanced gut flora. Harmful bacteria such as Clostridia can spread and multiply further, leading to diarrhoea after taking antibiotics. If the gut flora doesn't recover, this can lead to issues other than digestive problems. The intestines can no longer absorb vitamins and other nutrients properly. The immune system, 80% of which is located in the gut, can also go haywire. This can often result in intolerances and allergies, such as hay fever.
In order to rebuild the complex and diverse gut flora, you need a probiotic treatment containing several select bacteria strains. It should be taken in a high dose because antibiotics repeatedly kill bacteria in the intestine. We recommend Lactobact® AAD to treat antibiotic-associated diarrhoea. The product should be taken during the course of antibiotics, approximately every two hours. After antibiotic treatment is finished, we recommend Lactobact® PREMIUM to restore the gut flora's complex balance over the long term.
If you don't take a probiotic to help your gut flora return to its healthy balance, the gut needs at least six weeks, or in many cases up to a year, to completely recover. This depends on the individual and their lifestyle. If you take Lactobact® AAD alongside the antibiotics, followed by a four-week treatment with Lactobact® PREMIUM, the gut flora is largely restored. The likelihood of suffering with antibiotic-associated diarrhoea is reduced by 90%.
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